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Fri 6/9 - Silversun Pickups / Film School @ the Echo ($10) – The Silversun Pickups drop their debut full-length, Carnavas, on July 25th on Dangerbird Records. The record is consistently strong and they're one of the handful of local bands with a really good chance of blowing up this year. Expect to hear a few Smashing Pumpkins comparisons in the reviews (classic Gish/Siamese Dream-era Pumpkins). San Francisco’s Film School frequently gets favorably compared to your favorite Manchester bands.

Sat 6/10 - The Constantines / Oakley Hall @ Spaceland ($8) – Ontario’s The Constantines are on Sub Pop. He’s a strong lyricist with sorta blue-collar, classic rock style songs (but with keyboards). Download “Soon Enough” Brooklyn’s Oakley Hall put out a record on Jagjaguwar this week. Critics (especially the ultra-snobby ones) are praising their psych-country sounds. They incorporate organs, banjos, fiddles, lap guitars and four-part harmonies. Download “Landlord

Sun 6/11 - KXLU Fundrazor – Awol One / Cass McCombs / Darker My Love / Lavender Diamond / Irving / Mika Miko / Army Navy / others @ the Echo and Jensen Rec Center ($15) 1:30 PM – KXLU (88.9 FM) is LA’s true college radio station. It’s an interesting, diverse lineup and all the proceeds go to a deserving station that supports the local music scene. Download Cass McCombs’ “I Went to the Hospital” If you prefer hip-hop party music go see Spank Rock at Spaceland.